Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

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Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

A group for networking and friendship between atheists in the Australian/New Zealand/South Pacific region, and for discussion of political and religious topics relevant to these regions.

Members: 347
Latest Activity: Oct 31

Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists

This group is hosted by Richard J and Chrys Stevenson


Another High Court Challenge Against the National School Chaplaincy Program

Website: http://www.highcourtchallenge.com

Breaking News! After successfully challenging the Commonwealth government in the High Court of Australia over funding for the National School Chaplaincy Scheme, Ron Williams is to take them on again.  In an attempt to circumvent the High Court ruling, the government has passed some extremely questionable legislation which tears at the heart of parliamentary democracy and public accountability.  Williams has consulted with his crack legal team and the decision has been made today (Saturday, 7 July) to mount another challenge.

For more information see here:  

http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/its-on-williams-to-return-to-the-high-court-on-chaplaincy-issue/

Mounting a High Court challenge is extremely expensive and Ron Williams is just an average, suburban Dad.  If all of us who care about a secular, democratic Australia can chip in as much as we can, it will help enormously.  Please consider donating at:  

http://www.highcourtchallenge.com/

This is your chance to be a part of making Australian Constitutional history!


Embiggen Books - Your Australian Atheist/Skeptical Bookshop

Embiggen Books, an Australian bookstore devoted to promoting science, philosophy, rationalism and skepticism is now on Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Warren Bonett and Kirsty Bruce of Embiggen are also passionate and active members of the atheist and skeptical communities.

Australian Atheist Issues

For new members, if you want to get a grasp of some of the issues effecting atheists in Australia, you might like to take a look at the Atheist Nexus (Australia) submission on "Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century" made to the Australian Human Rights Commission early last year. It's long, but easy reading, and worth spending some time on. A report, using information compiled from submissions, should be released later this year.

Atheist Meetup Groups - Australia

If you'd like to meet up with some local atheists, there's no better way than joining your local Atheist Meetup, Skeptics, or Freethought Groups:

Adelaide Atheists
Ballarat Atheists
Brisbane Atheists
Canberra Social Skeptics
Melbourne Atheists
Launceston Skeptics
Macarthur Atheists (Macarthur Region, Sydney (NSW)
Perth Atheists
Perth Skeptics
Sunshine Coast Atheists
Sydney Atheists
Sydney Freethinkers
Western Sydney Freethinkers
Wollongong Skeptics Society

Have we missed your meetup group? Just let me know and I'll add it in.

Discussion Forum

Question from a visitor.

Started by Ted E Bear. Last reply by Chrys Stevenson Jan 17, 2013. 6 Replies

Naughty corner for not attending R.E? Yes, this is in NZ folks!!!

Started by Therese Monteath-Carr. Last reply by Blamer on twitter Dec 10, 2012. 3 Replies

Pell v Dawkins: this Monday

Started by Phillip A. Ellis. Last reply by Alice Apr 17, 2012. 3 Replies

Any Hamiltonian skeptics out there?

Started by Leela Moses Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by Simon Miller on November 28, 2009 at 5:09am
Indeed! I suppose I had better look at organising some transport and accommodation. A pity I can't just forget it and rely on the Lord to provide. ;)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 28, 2009 at 5:02am
Looking forward to meeting you at the Convention, Simon!
Comment by Simon Miller on November 28, 2009 at 4:47am
No nasty comments, just a few pointed questions for the believers. I shall leave them alone but if they take offense at a few questions I am not surprised at their lack of progress in more than a hundred years of meetings.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 28, 2009 at 4:44am
Still, Simon, we appreciate your passion for the cause.
Comment by Russell Blackford on November 28, 2009 at 4:36am
I agree with Kristy that it's better to write letters to newspapers than make (what I take to be) nasty comment to the people on the Parliament of the World's Religions' page on Facebook. This is an opportunity to make a political point to the outside world.

I am one of the people speaking on a panel at the Parliament of the World's Religions to make some points in support of secularism. Once again, we'll polite. The idea is to say something that provides a hook to say more to the outside world (newspapers, etc.).

That said, I don't believe we've been treated all that well by the Parliament of the World's Religions - everyone wanting to speak from a secular viewpoint has been shoved onto one panel, with many other events scheduled at the same time, and nothing to indicate that this one panel of secular people is at all important.

All the same, it's their show and we are going to be there as their guests, so we'll present our points with all due courtesy.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 11:54pm
I think our focus is better spent lobbying politicians, Simon (politely, of course). The Parliament of the World's Religions had every right to apply for funding on the same basis as the Global Atheist convention. Our argument is not that they received funding (although it does seem an awful lot) but that the Victorian government appears to have treated the Atheist convention's application differently. I don't think we do our cause any good by picketing someone else's Facebook page. We wouldn't like it if they came here and picketed our page. Speak out, by all means, but speak to the papers, the decision makers, talk back radio, anywhere we can make it clear to the decision makers that this is an unpopular decision. It is them with whom we have the issue, not the conveners of the Parliament of the World's Religions (which, incidentally, involves atheist delegates, including the Australian Rationalists).
Comment by Simon Miller on November 27, 2009 at 11:02pm
I have had some comments deleted from the Parliament of the worlds religions facebook page but am continuing to try and discomfort the believers regardless.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 4:20pm
Woohoo! Join the queue for people I have to buy drinks for, Simon!
Comment by Simon Miller on November 27, 2009 at 4:08pm
I've got my ticket!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 27, 2009 at 3:59pm
Morrow describes himself as a 'lapsed Catholic'. Reucassel is an atheist, Morrow appears to be more of a deist.
 

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